Samsung introduces Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2
22 February 2012 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Today, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2 Android smartphones. The two new handsets has faster processors, larger displays and higher display resolutions than the predecessors Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Mini
It's been little over a year since Samsung announced the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Mini Android smartphones. One of the commenter of our announcement article asked if the frequent release of these entry-level handsets is a necessary or just market pollution. We are not sure why Samsung has chosen to release models where the specifications are just a fraction better than the model it is replacing. One scenario we can think of is when a customer enters a mobile store and ask for a simple entry level model. The store clerk then ask how much the customer are willing to pay for a phone and the put two almost identical smartphones on the counter. He present one model as "new" and the other as previous year model. If the price is the same, we are convinced that the customer will choose the "new" model. Hence the frequent releases from Samsung. Nokia for example, used this strategy with success for several years.
Today's announcement from Samsung are two entry-level Android handsets. The Galaxy Ace 2 is a 3.8-inch dual-core model is an upgrade from the original Ace which had a 3.5-inch display and the same 800 MHz processor speed, but with only one core. One major improvement in v2 is the slightly higher screen resolution and pixel density (PPI). Since the original Ace, the pixel resolution has increased from 320x480 to 480x800 which means the PPI has increased from 164 to 246. You can compare the Ace, Ace Plus and Ace 2 using the Esato phone comparison tool
Galaxy Ace 2 highlights
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2:
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is improved using the same formula as the Ace 2. The processor is updated from a 600 MHz to 800 MHz. The size, weight and camera resolution are kept the same but the display size and resolution has increased from 3.14 inches and 240x320 pixels to 3.27 inches and 320x480 pixels. The memory is now acceptable 512 MB and internal storage is 4 GB. Storage is expandable up to 32 GB using a microSD card.
The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 will also be available in two versions. One with and one without NFC. One thing we found interesting is that Samsung has reported different size and weight for the two models. The model with NFC is 1.5 gram heavier and 0.3 mm thicker than the model without NFC. Does this mean that a NFC module weight 1.5 gram?
You can of course compare the Galaxy Mini and Mini 2 using the Esato phone comparison tool.
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 highlights
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2:
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I'm getting a case of the deja vu.